Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather
Much of Georgia is under a winter weather advisory with freezing rain and ice accumulation expected.
Here are a few tips your business should consider right now to prepare for inclement weather
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain and ice can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Ask SERVPRO of Decatur Professionals about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 404-378-9998
Smoke and soot facts
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Decatur will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 404-378-9998
We are always "Ready for whatever happens"
We are always "Ready for whatever happens"
SERVPRO of Decatur understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the interruption it causes to your life and home. Our goal is to help minimize the disruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage situation. SERVPRO of Decatur also mitigates mold and mildew from your home or business. Our staff and crews are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at our corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification, you can be assured our staff are equipped with the knowledge they need to restore your property. With advanced "real-world" training facilities you know you are in good hands with SERVPRO of Decatur.
If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 404-378-9998
With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide we have the resources to help promptly with any size of problem. SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is the nationwide Brand you know and trust.
SERVPRO is a national sponsor for the American Red Cross “Ready Rating” Program. This free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss.
Tips for a Red Wine Spill
Red Wine Spill
You're entertaining at your home and before you know it, you hear a yell and look just in time to see a friend spilling red wine on your carpet. Don't worry...try these tips. And if the spill is too deep, call us for our professional cleaning services.
How to remove a red wine stain
- Blot up as much of the wine as possible and pour cool water on the stain.
- Cover it with salt.
- Boil water and pour over the stain.
- Prepare a mixture of half a tablespoon of white vinegar and one cup of water. Pour over stain and let it soak for a few minutes. You can also add a few drops of liquid detergent to the mixture.
- It's always a good idea to test a small spot first to make sure it will not harm your carpet.
When Storms hit Decatur, SERVPRO is ready to help!
We are ready for whatever happens!
SERVPRO of Decatur specializes in handling storm damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Storms
When storms hit Decatur, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,700 Franchises across the country.
We are ready to work with you if a storm ever damages your home or business!
Have Storm Damage? Call Us Today 404-378-9998
This week is Fire Prevention Week
Test your smoke alarms
National Fire Prevention Week is from October 8th to October 14th 2017
Are you prepared in case of a house fire?
If not, SERVPRO of Decatur has some helpful tips:
- Remember…Every second counts!
- Have an escape plan- According to the National Fire Protection Association, only half of all Americans have an escape plan. Don’t wait…develop your plan today.
- Plan your escape, and PRACTICE your escape plan.
- Teach kids how to escape on their won in case you can’t help them.
- Test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if they haven’t been changed in over a year
- Check the pressure gauge on your home fire extinguisher today to make sure the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure (Green zone)
Flooding in Georgia
According to the World Economic Forum, “in the last 20 years, flooding has been the most common natural disaster by far, accounting for 43% of all recorded events.” We can completely understand this with all of the rain and floods we have been having in Georgia this summer! You wake up on a Saturday morning ready to relax by the pool or go to the lake after a busy week at the office, only to see the dark clouds glooming over you. You see the trees shaking from the gusts of wind blowing by and you hear the thunder in the distance. You hope that the storm will “blow over” quickly, but then it begins to pour. You watch as the water accumulates across your property and then, just like that, the water is now intruding into your home. Now are you not going to be able to spend your weekend outside enjoying a dip in the pool, but your basement has become your own personal swimming ground! Take the measures to prevent additional damage to your home or office, then call SERVPRO of Decatur to properly take care of the damage that has already been done.
If your home or commercial building is affected by a flood, give us a call day or night! Give us a call at 404-378-9998.
What is Black Mold?
Do not let mold growth get out of control in your home, give us a call at 404-378-9998!
According to the CDC Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold more commonly known as “black mold” or “toxic mold.” This type of mold is known to grow on material that has high cellulose and low nitrogen content, for example, fiberglass, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Mold growth occurs when there is constant moisture exposure from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.
Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoor where moisture is present, so you should be aware of this fact and be proactive in searching for potential mold growth. If any mold is found in your home or business it should be inspected and treated by a professional, you should be cautious around the infected area and be sure not to touch or disturb the mold.
If you are worried about mold growth in your home or business let SERVPRO of Decatur help you out!
Be Ready for Any Size Disaster
Any type of disaster, big or small, can be scary when it is directly affecting your business. According to the latest research as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster; of the businesses that do manage to survive a large portion of them had a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO offers a no cost assessment of your facility in order to provide you with an Emergency READY profile, so that you will know the exact steps to take when your business is in need. Do not let a storm take advantage of you, but instead be prepared for anything it has to throw your way!
Our Emergency READY Program and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program are perfect partners.
Call us today to schedule an assessment of your facilities. #BeAHero #beSERVPROready
According to the weather channel, Georgia is the U.S. state with the most tornadoes so far in 2017, setting a new state record of 102 tornadoes. With that in mind it is important to be knowledgeable and up to date on these facts about tornadoes.
Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the closed base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.
- The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
- The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour.
- Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
- Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If a storm does happen to occur, please don't hesitate to contact us at 404-378-9998!